Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Iraq: Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly wedding blast

August 29, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 15 people and injured 16 others at a wedding Sunday in the Iraqi city of Karbala. A statement released by the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said four suicide attackers targeted 'a Shiite gathering.' Iraqi authorities said there were five would-be suicide bombers, and that security members killed four." (08/29/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/29/middleeast/iraq-isis-wedding-attack/  

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Yemen: Aden suicide attack kills “dozens”

August 29, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least 40 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a military facility in the southern Yemen city of Aden, officials say. A training camp, or compound used by the pro-government Popular Resistance militia, was hit, reports say. ... It is unclear who was behind Monday's attack, though bombings in the southern port city are often carried out by militants from al-Qaeda or so-called Islamic State (IS)." (08/29/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37212473  

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Syria: Turkish regime claims airstrikes kill 25

August 29, 2016
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Business Insider    

"Turkish air strikes in north Syria killed 25 Kurdish militants, the Turkish military said on Sunday, the fifth day of a cross-border campaign launched alongside its Syrian rebel allies that aims to strike at Kurdish forces and Islamic State. The military said the militants were killed in the area of Jarablus, a Syrian town on the border with Turkey. The army said it was taking all measures to avoid any civilian deaths." (08/28/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/turkish-air-strikes-in-syria-reportedly-kill-25-kurdish-militants-2016-8  

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Syria: Turkey invades, with US air support but to fight US-backed Kurds

August 25, 2016
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Military.com    

"Turkish tanks and troops backed by U.S. air support flying out of Incirlik Air Base crossed into Syria on Wednesday with the intent of taking the border town of Jarablus -- partly to stop it from falling to U.S.-backed Kurdish militias. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the cross-border action, called Operation Euphrates Shield, was in response to recent terror attacks claimed by ISIS in Turkey but was also aimed at the Syrian Kurdish PYD, or Democratic Union Party. The military wing of the PYD is the YPG, or People's Protection Units, which has been the most effective U.S.-backed opposition force in northeastern Syria." (08/24/16)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/08/24/turkish-tanks-roll-into-syria-with-us-air-support.html  

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Nigeria: Regime claims its forces killed Boko Haram leader in airstrike

August 23, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Nigeria's military said Tuesday it believes an airstrike has 'fatally wounded' Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, but there was no way to confirm yet another claim of the death of Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader. A statement does not say how the military got the information but identifies other commanders as 'confirmed dead' in an air raid on Friday. The statement comes as Secretary of State John Kerry is to meet in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, with President Muhammadu Buhari, on a visit to discuss Islamic extremism and regional security." (08/23/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/08/23/nigeria-claims-it-killed-boko-haram-leader-in-raid.html  

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Afghanistan: IED targets occupation force, killing one

August 23, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A U.S. service member was killed after their patrol triggered an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan Tuesday, officials said. Another American service member and six Afghan soldiers were wounded in the blast, near the city of Lashkar Gar, in Helmand Province, according to a U.S. military statement. The Department of Defense said it was withholding the identity of the dead person until their family had been informed." (08/23/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ied-kills-u-s-service-member-patrol-helmand-afghanistan-n636416  

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Syria: Turkish forces shell Islamic State, Kurdish positions

August 23, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Turkey has bombarded so-called Islamic State (IS) targets across the border in northern Syria ahead of an expected ground attack on an IS-held town. Some 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have also gathered in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, poised for an offensive to drive IS out of Jarablus. Turkey has also shelled Syrian Kurdish forces nearby, apparently to deter them from taking Jarablus themselves. ... Turkish forces have been exchanging shellfire with IS positions in the Jarablus area since Monday. However, Turkey is also wary of moves that might bolster Syrian Kurdish forces, known as the YPG, which it views as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a Turkish-Kurdish rebel group fighting for autonomy since the 1980s." (08/23/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37161538  

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Kerry: South Sudan regime agrees to deployment of regional force

August 23, 2016
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"East African foreign ministers from countries including South Sudan have agreed to move ahead with the deployment of a regional peacekeeping force to that troubled nation, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday on the first stop of his latest Africa visit. South Sudan at first rejected the regional protection force after the U.N. Security Council earlier this month voted to deploy the 4,000 additional peacekeepers to help restore calm. Fighting that erupted in the capital last month killed hundreds amid widespread reports of rapes and other abuses and raised fears of a renewed civil war." (08/23/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Aug-23/368501-kerry-south-sudan-agrees-to-deployment-of-regional-force.ashx  

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Iran: Russians stop using air base for strikes in Syria

August 23, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Russia will stop using a base in Iran for airstrikes targeting militants in Syria for the time being, Iran's foreign ministry said Monday. The move came after Iran's defense minister criticized Russia earlier in the day and said its announcement last week that it used the Hamadan air base for strikes on the Islamic State group was 'kind of show-off and ungentlemanly.'" (08/22/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/22/iran-says-russia-stop-using-its-air-base-strikes-syria/89091630/  

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Yemen: Tens of thousands demonstrate in support of Houthi regime vs. Saudi quislings

August 22, 2016
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Straits Times [Singapore]    

"Tens of thousands of Yemenis have taken part in a demonstration in the centre of the capital Sanaa to show support for the Houthi-led bloc as the head of the group's new governing council vowed to form a full government in the coming days. In what appeared to be a response to the Houthi show of force, ambassadors from the Group of 18 nations -- which has backed United Nations peace talks to end Yemen's civil war -- issued a statement condemning 'unconstitutional and unilateral actions in Sanaa.' ... The demonstration -- one of the biggest in Yemen since the civil war broke out last year -- took place as a Saudi-led coalition backing exiled President Abd-Rabbou Mansour Hadi stepped up air strikes and fighting on the ground intensified." (08/21/16)

http://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/yemenis-show-their-support-for-houthi-led-council  

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Somalia: Al-Shabab claims twin suicide bombings

August 22, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"At least 20 people have been killed and several others wounded in twin suicide blasts in the central Somali town of Galkayo, according to a Somali health official. The first vehicle explosion on Sunday targeted the local government headquarters; the second targeted emergency services at the scene of the first blast. ... Al-Shabab, the armed group fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, claimed responsibility for the blasts." (08/21/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/al-shabab-claims-responsibility-somalia-bombing-160821090836552.html  

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Ukraine: Poroshenko may introduce martial law if invasions of seceded republics keep ending in ass-whippings for regime troops

August 18, 2016
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WHTC 1450 News    

"Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he did not rule out introducing martial law and a new wave of military mobilization if the conflict with pro-Russian separatists [sic] worsened. Poroshenko made his comments as fresh tension with Russia over Crimea reignited fears that a fragile ceasefire deal hammered out in the Belarussian capital Minsk in February 2015 could collapse following the deadliest month of fighting in a year. ... Since 2014, Ukraine's pro-Western leadership has announced several waves of mobilization, calling up Ukrainian men to join the military in its [invasions of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics]. Earlier on Thursday, the Ukrainian military reported that three servicemen had been killed and six wounded in fighting over the past 24 hours." (08/18/16)

http://whtc.com/news/articles/2016/aug/18/ukraine-could-introduce-martial-law-if-eastern-fighting-worsens-poroshenko/  

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Russian forces use Iran as base to bomb Syrian militants for first time

August 17, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Russia used Iran as a base from which to launch air strikes against Syrian militants for the first time on Tuesday, widening its air campaign in Syria and deepening its involvement in the Middle East. In a move underscoring Moscow's increasingly close ties with Tehran, long-range Russian Tupolev-22M3 bombers and Sukhoi-34 fighter bombers used Iran's Hamadan air base to strike a range of targets in Syria. It was the first time Russia has used the territory of another nation, apart from Syria itself, to launch such strikes since the Kremlin launched a bombing campaign to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in September last year." (08/16/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-russia-iran-idUSKCN10R0PA?il=0  

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Palestine: Israeli occupation troops attack refugee camp, injure 25

August 17, 2016
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Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Palestinian medical officials say Israeli military fire wounded more than 25 people near the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday. The Red Crescent reports that potentially deadly fire had struck at least 10 of the people and the rest were shot with nominally nonlethal rubber bullets. A large convoy of Israeli military vehicles had entered al-Fawwar camp, near the flashpoint city of Hebron, witnesses said. A spokeswoman said the military fired to prevent a riot from escalating. The spokeswoman said the troops had conducted 'activity to uncover weaponry' in the camp when 'dozens of Palestinians hurled IEDs (improvised explosive devices), blocks and rocks' at them." (08/16/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/israeli-military-shoots-palestinians-in-west-bank-camp/a-19478015  

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Syria: Warplanes pound Syria’s Idlib as battles rage in Aleppo

August 14, 2016
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New York Times    

"Syria's rebel-held, northwestern Idlib province came under heavy bombardment Sunday, activists reported, as rebels and pro-government forces battled for control of the nearby city of Aleppo. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 26 airstrikes across the province, one of the last remaining bastions of rebel control. ... The Local Coordination Committees, an activist network, said Russian jets struck the towns of Jisr al-Shaghour and Binnish, while the Observatory reported strikes on the provincial capital, Idlib. It was unclear how the activists identified the planes. Moscow has been waging an air campaign in support of government forces for nearly a year." (08/14/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/14/world/middleeast/ap-ml-syria.html  

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Libya: US-backed regime forces allegedly seize Islamic State HQ in Sirte

August 11, 2016
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Business Insider    

"Libyan forces battling to oust Islamic State (IS) from Sirte said they captured its university complex on Wednesday as well as the Ouagadougou Convention Complex in Sirte that ISIS had been using as a base but lost one of their warplanes over the city. ... Forces aligned with Libya's U.N.-backed government launched their campaign for Sirte in May. On Aug. 1, the United States began air strikes to help them advance against militants encircled in the center of the Mediterranean coastal city." (08/10/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/libyan-forces-seized-isis-headquarters-sirte-2016-8  

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Another Sarajevo?

August 8, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The elected President of the Republic of Luhansk in what used to be eastern Ukraine barely survived an assassination attempt when a bomb exploded underneath his car. He has been seriously injured. There seems little doubt that this was the work of the SBU, the notorious Ukrainian secret police outfit that has been implicated in a series of mysterious attacks and 'suicides' that have killed opposition journalists and politicians in recent months. Unable to put down the popular rebellion in the east, the coup leaders in Kiev have resorted to terrorism -- which is fitting, since fighters formerly affiliated with ISIS are now in their ranks. Just as the Serbian 'Black Hand' murdered the Archduke and set off World War I, so the ultra-nationalist Ukrainians -- just as crazy as their Serbian counterparts of a century ago -- may have sparked World War III." (08/08/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/08/07/another-sarajevo/  

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Afghanistan: American, Australian kidnapped, police say

August 8, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Investigators in Afghanistan are searching for an American and an Australian who were kidnapped in western Kabul, the city's police chief told CNN. The two men, lecturers at the American University of Afghanistan, were kidnapped Sunday evening when two gunmen stopped the car they were riding in, an Afghan security official told CNN. One assailant broke the passenger-side window with his gun and took the two men away. A driver and bodyguard were left unhurt, the official said. There has been no claim of responsibility." (08/08/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/08/asia/afghanistan-foreigners-kidnapped/  

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Syria: Islamist rebels break siege of Aleppo in setback to Assad regime

August 8, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"After months of being pummeled from the air and by Syrian artillery, an Islamist-led rebel coalition has made a dramatic breakthrough in relieving the siege of Aleppo, Syria's largest city. Their assault -- the first test for a new group born out of al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate -- appears to have taken the exhausted Syrian army by surprise. ... The rebel offensive has been led by Jabhat Fateh al Sham, formerly the al Nusra Front. Two weeks ago, al Nusra very publicly declared it was breaking its long-standing ties with al Qaeda to build closer alliances with other jihadist and rebel groups in Syria." (08/07/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/07/middleeast/syria-aleppo-changing-landscape/  

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Yemen: Peace talks on pause mode for a month

August 8, 2016
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Hawaii Telegraph    

"Peace talks held by UN in Kuwait to bring an end to the civil war [sic] in Yemen have been stalled for a period of one month. UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said the consultations held in Kuwait had cleared the way for a deal 'which we hope to see soon.' That the talks saw contending parties sitting together at the negotiating table was 'an accomplishment in itself,' said Ahmed explaining that the major obstacle to the talks was the lack of confidence among the Yemeni parties." (07/08/16)

http://www.hawaiitelegraph.com/index.php/sid/246519833  

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Libya: Car bomb targets regime forces in Benghazi, kills 22

August 3, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"A car bomb targeting security forces in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed at least 22 people and wounded 20 on Tuesday, a commander of the forces and medical officials said. The blast occurred in a residential area in the Guwarsha district, the scene of fighting between security forces loyal to Libya's eastern government and an alliance of Islamists and other opponents. The alliance, the Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries, said it had carried out the attack, according to a statement posted on media sites linked to the group. It claimed that 28 people were killed and as many as 70 wounded." (08/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-benghazi-idUSKCN10D273  

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Syria: Five dead as Russian helicopter shot down

August 2, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A Russian helicopter was shot down Monday after delivering aid to the Syrian city of Aleppo, killing all five crew members on board, Russian state media reported. The Russian Defense Ministry said the Mi-8 helicopter was shot down by ground fire in Idlib province as it returned to base, state TV reported." (08/01/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/01/middleeast/syria-aleppo/  

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Afghanistan: Taliban attack Kabul guesthouse for foreigners

August 1, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Afghan authorities say an overnight attack on a Kabul guesthouse for foreign contractors that was claimed by the Taliban left one policeman dead and four wounded. The Interior Ministry says 'terrorists' used a truck full of explosives to breach the guesthouse wall of the Northgate Hotel around 1:30 a.m. on Monday. Three gunmen then entered the premises and started shooting. ... The Taliban issued a statement claiming responsibility, saying they had sent heavily armed operatives as part of the attack. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, the Kabul chief of police, says the attackers were killed and none of the hotel's residents were harmed." (08/01/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/afghan-official-strong-explosion-shakes-city-possible-attack/  

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Libya: US begins new airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets

August 1, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"The U.S. began a new campaign of airstrikes in Libya on Monday, four defense officials told NBC News. The strikes will target ISIS in and around Sirte, a city halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi that has become an ISIS stronghold in the country, the officials said." (08/01/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/u-s-begins-new-airstrike-campaign-against-isis-targets-libya-n620906  

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Yemen: Saudi occupational quisling regime agrees to UN peace deal, Houthis refuse

July 31, 2016
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Outlook India [India]    

"Yemen rebels [sic] today rejected a peace plan proposed by the United Nations which had already been accepted by the government [sic], saying that any settlement must first tackle a unity administration. ... The Iran-backed rebels [sic] reiterated their long-standing demand that a peace deal must first forge an accord on a new consensual executive authority, including a new president and government. This condition is an explicit demand for the removal of [Saudi puppet ruler] Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi." (07/31/16)

http://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/story/yemen-rebels-reject-un-peace-plan/948610  

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